An album cover in deep purples with a portrai of a woman lit quietly from the side

Mohabbat

A wonderful way to ease into the day with this track from the album Vulture Prince by Arooj Aftab. Thanks Simon!

Best Beer Design 2021

30 Best-Looking Beer Cans

Even more fun, there’s a generator to make your own hip beer can design. If only I could upload a photo of my cat. Silly fun for Friday.

A vertical indoor garden

Farmstand

A hydroponic stand to grow food indoors. Self watering and self fertilizing with optional lights. My friend Lindsay has one of these and loves it. Comes in a variety of sizes.

A man in a blue shirt and blue hoody

3 Most Important Questions

Grab some pen and paper and take 24 minutes. Started my day doing this exercise by Vishen Lakhiani. to consider life experiences, growth and contribution. A powerful draft to consider the future. (Thanks Emily)

Two musicians dressed in beige on a small black stage in a sandy environ

Your Power

Billie and Finneas Eilish perform the single out in some sandy place (Simi Valley?). Dig all the tones in every way.

A man works in food service, probably not making a living wage

Dying for Minimum Wage

“Service Workers Aren’t Lazy, They Just Don’t Want to Risk Dying for Minimum Wage” I know friends in this boat, and I also know folks that vote against their best interests. It’s terribly frustrating.

An old family photo in sepiatones

Thinking of her

Heather Cox Richardson delivers essays that are steeped in history and incredibly thoughtful. Often she covers the political moment in context, but this week is all about Mother’s Day and it’s so good.

A woman filling a jar with grains

Litterless

Going beyond recycling with a guide to zero waste practices and a trove of links to resources for shopping in bulk and composting to boot. / via DJ

A tan map with text about music in Cincinnati

Escape your geographic music bubble

Shake music monoculture with this data essay by The Pudding / via Creative Mornings (excellent) email newsletter

Album cover with an astronaut Helmut

Voyager

Trent Walton started a project making music, collaborating with his sons and packing it all up with not just album artwork, but mini videos (that loop on Spotify) for each track. I dig everything about this.

Poster for movie about couples in love

My Love: Six Stories of True Love

My friend Erik said this 6 part series was worth the watch. Quiet and lovely. Adding to the queue.

A tiny firetruck

Teeny Tiny Firetruck

I kind of want to make a special trip to San Francisco to see this Daihatsu kei fire truck IRL.

Woman holding red balloons

girl in red “Seratonin”

“This is terrific.” – @hotdogsladies / Agreed 1000%

Icons illustrating different email options

Firefox Relay

Create randomly generated email addresses that forward to your real inbox. Handy. / via Paul Bausch

Whimsical type spelling out Whirly Birdie

Whirley Birdie

A whimsical variable display typeface by Alex Tomlinson. Has a companion set of dingbats that use variable tech to animate.

A cat done in duotone of orange and blue

Duotone Generator

Simple browser based tool to create duotones.

silver ink circuit pen connecting scale models of street lights

光を灯す/ future with bright lights

Japanese agency Dentsu created this video for an infrastructure company called Kandenko. Now I’m researching “silver ink circuit pen”

A woman with curtains for hair

Scratchcard Lanyard

An excellent video by the band Dry Cleaning, directed by Rottingdean Bazaar / via Frank Chimero

The Twitter bird

Better Twitter

Hide promoted tweets, trends, who to follow and more! Since installing browser extension I’ve been transported back to a quieter and calmer time. A plugin for Firefox and Chrome by Razvan Caliman

Figures stand washed in orange and pink light

James Turrell’s Akhob

I’m updating my list of places I want to go. This installation above a Louis Vuitton store in Vegas is on it.

A circle pushing lines together

App Tracking Transparency

Even Apple’s explainer videos are nice.

Light Pollution map of the United States

Light Pollution Map

Paul Bausch has the right idea. Plan a camping trip based on this map.

Angry IKEA Guy TikTok

Interview with Angry IKEA Guy

Service industry jobs need better pay and protections from horrible people. / via onfocus.com

Pixelated illustration of a computer with the words HappyNet on the screen

Happy Net Box

A super experimental internet social experiment based on the arcane and near-forgotten retro internet protocol known as FINGER, by Ben Brown.

David Carson teaches design (Masterclass still)

David Carson Teaches Graphic Design

“Learn new perspective in graphic design from David-effing-Carson for fifteen dollars? Uh, yes please.” Greg Storey (@brilliantcrank)

Earth from space, black and white photo

Earth Restored

Toby Ord has digitally restored a selection of photos taken of earth from space. They’re magnificent.

This cat backpack

I would like this backpack very much. At the very least to share it with Edie. / via my nephew Matt

An illustrated plant with callouts for car instructions

All about houseplants

The basics of selecting, watering, lighting, and overall caring for houseplants. / via Laura Olin

Abstract design in a digital frame

Geometric Digital Art

Formatted for a Samsung Frame TV. This feels like my sort of NFT because I am old fashioned. / via swiss-miss

Stanley Tucci in a tank top in the 80s

80’s Levis ad with Stanley Tucci

Before he made cocktails on the internet, Stanley wore a tank top and showed off his guns.